Seven months after the commencement of commercial flight, Ibom Air has recorded over 97 percent scheduled reliability as well as about 3,000 operated flights.
Idongesit Nkanga, chairman of Ibom Airport Authority made this known in Uyo.
He noted that the performance of Ibom Air has surpassed scheduled projection in the areas of scheduled reliability, on-time performance and on-time departure, adding that the remaining three percent is due to weather and VIP travels.
Nkanga noted that Ibom Air carries 70 percent of the total passengers leaving or coming to Akwa Ibom while the rest is shared among the other airline operators, adding that members of the public evidently have confidence in Ibom Air and they were challenged to do more.
He disclosed that two new aircraft will soon join the fleet, maintaining that before the end of 2020, Ibom Air will commence limited regional flight operation which will start with selected routes, including Uyo to Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) to Douala in Cameroon and Kinshasa (Congo) for the Central African route.
According to him, the West African route will include Accra, Dakar, Conakry, Abidjan and Monrovia.
He recalled that Ibom Air started with few routes in Nigeria, including Uyo to Abuja, Uyo to Lagos, Abuja to Uyo, and Lagos to Uyo and has increased it to include Lagos to Abuja and Abuja to Lagos.
Nkanga, himself a pilot, noted that as part of efforts to serve its customers better, Ibom Air has opened a new office at the Akwa Ibom State Secretariat Annex (Dakkada Secretariat) located at Udo Udoma Avenue which opens by 6 am and closes at 7 pm.
The former military governor of Akwa Ibom also disclosed that before the expiration of the Governor Udom Emmanuel administration, Ibom Air will have 10 aircraft in its fleet.
He noted that the Ibom Air has brought substantial improvement in the economy of the state as there are people who arrive or leave Akwa Ibom on a business trip and with the intention to return same day.
While urging Akwa Ibom people to embrace peace and support the Emmanuel-led government, he noted that government was planning big for her citizens, including the aviation school which is underway.
He used the medium to appreciate all the patrons of Ibom Air and prayed for God’s blessings upon their families, especially this New Year, 2020.
ANIEFIOK UDONQUAK, Uyo